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ECZ rules out holding by-elections on same date

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Electoral Commission of Zambia ( ECZ ) spokesperson Chris Akufuna
Electoral Commission of Zambia ( ECZ ) spokesperson Chris Akufuna

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has ruled out the possibility of holding the other four parliamentary by-elections on the same date as June 20th Feira by-election.

ECZ Spokesperson Cris Akufuna has explained to QFM News that this is because the nominations of the candidates for the other four expected by-elections cannot be done on the same day with those of the Feira by-election whose nominations date is 23rd May.

Mr.Akufuna says the Commission will tomorrow, May 14, convene a meeting to decide which date the four other by-elections will be held.

He says so far the ECZ has received only three notifications for by-elections out of the four parliament seats that have fallen vacant.

Three of the four pending by-elections have been caused by resignations of MMD Members of Parliament who have join the ruling Patriotic Front while the other parliament seat fell vacant by nullification.

The vacant parliamentary seats include Kafulafuta, Mkushi Central, Solwezi West and Chipata Central.

Meanwhile,more than six people have shown willingness to apply on Patriotic Front (PF) ticket for Chipata Central Constituency parliamentary seat which fell vacant following the Supreme Court’s decision to confirm the nullification of the election of MMD’s Reuben Mtolo Phiri.

Eastern Province PF Chairperson Mike Tembo confirmed in Chipata yesterday that the more than six people have indicated to apply asking the party to adopt them.

“According to the information I have is that more than six people have so far applied to the party asking to be adopted on PF ticket.These have already made the contacts with our local leadership in Chipata district,”Mr Tembo said.

He mentioned that that have shown willingness to apply on PF ticket as former Member of Parliament (MP) Lameck Mangani, former Kasenengwa MP Timothy Nyirenda, and M.Mawere Transport Limited Managing Director Moses Mawere.

Others are Chipata based businessman Hanif Badat, former Eastern Province Education Officer Pilila Jere and Meanwood Proprietor Robinson Zulu.

Mr Tembo also expressed confidence that the party was on ground and would grab the seat from the MMD.

However MMD provincial chairperson Alexander Miti and UPND provincial chairperson Paul Thole said their political parties were still making consultations.

6 COMMENTS

  1. The pf will give it to mr robinson zulu because he was told to apply by mr kabimba.initially they wanted to give it to mr badat.mr mangani has no chance of being adopted by mr wynter kabimba.

  2. ECZ how long are you going to continue printing ballot papers abroad as this UK printing company called “Smith & Ouznam” is getting way too much business.

  3. ECZ is this a sign of things come 2016???????? You can’t run 4 by-elections on one day, what more National Elections????? Or is it simply a way of accumulating per diems????? Talk of more money in their pockets!!!!! When we talk of maximizing situations & economizing, we expect all our public officers to put this at the forefront of their Raison d’etre!!!!!

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